Garden Rescue star Charlie Dimmock on her BBC One show

Garden Rescue: Charlie Dimmock’s secret heartache after losing her mother in tsunami tragedy

Charlie lost her beloved mum Sue in 2004

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Garden Rescue star Charlie Dimmock has been a familiar face on television screens for over two decades.

The presenter first appeared on Ground Force alongside Alan Titchmarsh, before fronting her own show on BBC One.

But following a family tragedy in 2004, Charlie decided to take a two-year break from working.

Charlie Dimmock on her BBC One show
Garden Rescue star Charlie Dimmock lost her beloved mum in 2004 (Credit: BBC One)

Garden Rescue star Charlie Dimmock loses beloved mother

Charlie lost her beloved mother, Sue Kennedy, to a devastating tsunami in Thailand.

The 59-year-old was on holiday with her husband Robert, 58, when the natural disaster struck on Boxing Day.

The tsunami hit the Theptaro Beach and Spa Resort, where Sue and Robert were staying.

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Charlie’s loved ones spent time in Cambodia and Bangkok before going to Phuket.

At the time, Charlie’s father, Terry Dimmock, revealed his daughter was “worried sick” over the incident.

The Evening Standard reported: “She is not coping well, as you would expect from someone who fears they have lost their mother.

Charlie Dimmock before hosting Garden Rescue on BBC One
Charlie took a two-year break following her mum’s death (Credit:

“Charlie is worried sick. We have not heard any news at all about Sue and Rob.”

The presenter was advised not to fly to Thailand by the Foreign Office.

She is not coping well.

An inquest into Sue and Robert’s deaths later revealed that they sadly drowned.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed at least 225,000 people across a dozen countries.

Charlie Dimmock presenting on Garden Rescue
Charlie fronts her own show on BBC One (Credit: BBC)

What has Charlie said about her mother?

Charlie, 55, is yet to publicly address the heartbreaking incident.

However, she did briefly open up on the home she inherited from Sue following her death.

Charlie went on to adapt the three-bedroom property, including fittings ready for a stairlift.

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In 2013, she told the Bournemouth Echo: “Well, I’m probably going to be an old dear living here with my animals, the horse and cats and dogs.

“I don’t want to not be able to get upstairs.”

Watch Charlie on Garden Rescue on BBC One today. 

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